In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month (celebrated each November), our cover features an elderly couple, one of whom requires caregiving assistance. This year, Caregiver Action Network has designated the month's theme as #BeCareCurious to encourage caregivers to “ask questions, explore options, and share in the care decisions that affect the health and well-being of their loved ones.”
As discussed by Susan C. Reinhard and Heather M. Young in their guest editorial, “Family Caregivers Are Members of Our Team,” nurses play a vital role in engaging, instructing, and supporting family caregivers—and they have a responsibility to embrace them as part of the care team effort. To that end, in this issue we begin a new installment of our ongoing series in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone. The series aims to help nurses help family caregivers by providing useful information, tear sheets, and instructional videos on common caregiving tasks and topics.
The latest installment of the series covers a key determinant of health and well-being: nutrition. Read “Eating for Healthy Aging” for a guide to general nutritional recommendations for older adults, plus videos on nutritional basics and reducing sodium in the diet. And to see previous articles in the series—all of which offer CE credit—visit https://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/pages/collectiondetails.aspx?TopicalCollectionId=38.—Diane Szulecki, editorCopyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.